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How to stop dropox from changing explorer icons

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DropBox keeps overwritting registry settings so its icons are displayed in Windows Explorer.  How do I stop this?

DropBox and TortoiseSVN both put custom icon references in the registry in:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers

Windows 10 Explorer only uses the first 10-15 icons.  The rest are ignored.  I use TortoiseSVN daily for source code control.  I use DropBox occasionally for a non-professional group.  I can manually change the DropBox icon references (e.g. DropboxExt01, 02, 03, ...) so they are ignored.  Everytime DropBox does a software update though (it seems to do this on its own) it overrides my registry changes.  To fix this, I use regedit to rename or delete the DropBox entries and reboot, but it seems that within a week, things are broken again forTortoiseSVN, and DropBow icons are back.

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Re: How to stop dropox from changing explorer icons

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I do not believe there is a way to I'm afraid.

 


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Re: How to stop dropox from changing explorer icons

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I found a solution by accident today.  For me, it's a far better solution than the registry hacks that people recommend online for Windows. 

Steps:

1. Map your dropbox folder as a network drive using the subst program in DOS:

subst Z: C:\Dropbox

The mapped folder will not have dropbox sync icons.

2. Work from the new Z: drive, which does not have dropbox sync icons.

This solution conveniently also lets you go back to C:\Dropbox to monitor sync issues.

 

PS: If you want to undo step 1 and remove the Z: drive, do 

subst Z: /D
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Re: How to stop dropox from changing explorer icons

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The drive created this way doesn't have ANY overlay icons, which defeats the entire purpose.

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Re: How to stop dropox from changing explorer icons

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Hey @Jeanne P.2, kindly note that the Dropbox desktop app makes sure the Dropbox folder on your computer is synced with your Dropbox account online. The app will show special symbols (or “icons”) Arrows Counter Clock/White check mark to let you know what's happening. If you can’t see the Dropbox overlay icons Jeanne, it’s highly likely that your files aren’t syncing to your account online. 
 
If that’s okay with you, can you share a bit more detail on why you’d like to remove those? Thanks in advance! 

 


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Community Moderator @ Dropbox
https://dropbox.com/support


 


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